The Revox B215 is a cassette deck. From 1985 until around 1990. Because it was expensive compared to other consumer models and had exceptionally good mechanical performance and durability, the B215 was used primarily by professional customersradio stations, recording studios and real-time cassette duplicators. The B215 used a proven, reliable four-motor tape transport.
Derived from the earlier B710 model. The B215 differed from the B710 and competing decks of the period in having an unusual, computer-like control panel and elaborate automation performed by three Philips. The deck was equipped with automatic tape calibration, microcontroller-assisted setting of recording levels, and non-volatile memory. Objective, independently measured and verified specifications of the Revox matched or surpassed those of the best competing decks; comparative tests placed the B215 on the same level as the Nakamichi Dragon. And above the flagship models by ASC, Harman Kardon.
Reviewers praised the Revox for its exemplary mechanical quality and the expected durability of its tape transport and criticized it for lower-than-expected dynamic range. Reviewers between 1985 and 1988 unanimously gave the B215 excellent marks, particularly for the quality of its tape transport. Len Feldman of Modern Electronics wrote that... It is, truly, a Rolls-Royce.Moreover, it's built to last, and to go on meeting or exceeding all of its published specifications after many years of use. In comparative tests by Stereo Review (United States, 1988) and Audio (West Germany, 1985), the B215 was ranked one of the two best decks on the market, the other being the Nakamichi Dragon. The B215 surpassed the Dragon in the mechanical department, having a simpler, robust, durable tape transport. The B215 was losing to the Dragon in dynamic range and subjective level and the spectrum of noise; other subjectively detected differences in sonic signatures were insignificant and could be interpreted in favor of either contestant.
Sonically, both the B215 and the Dragon surpassed equally expensive ASC and Tandberg. Decks and the much cheaper flagship models by Harman Kardon.
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